WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
EGGS DON'T INCREASE
an egg a day does not impact the cholesterol particles in the blood most
likely to cause heart disease, according to a new study that could play
an important role in debunking myths surrounding the role of eggs in the
diet. The study reinforces past research in showing that strategies
to control blood lipids that increase risk for cardiovascular disease,
the world's biggest killer, should focus on a diet low in saturated and
trans fatty acids, rather than on dietary cholesterol.
E RDA TOO LOW: People
who have high levels of oxidative stress due to chronic health problems
might benefit from taking supplements of vitamin E in doses higher than
the currently recommended daily intake. A new study provides more
evidence for the value of vitamin E supplementation in helping prevent
damaging lipid oxidation and some of the health concerns associated with
it - including heart attacks, strokes, surgery and other traumas.
The study supports the call for changes to the established RDA levels
in the US (15 mg), which is based largely on data that is decades old
and does not explore the optimal intake for people who have depressed
levels of micronutrients due to athletic exertion, heart disease or simple
lack of physical activity.
TO PREVENT PROSTATE CANCER & BALDNESS:
team of scientists has discovered that a little-known molecule created
in the intestine when soy is digested is a powerful blocker of a potent
male hormone involved in prostate cancer and male pattern baldness. In
fact, the molecule, equol, completely stops in its tracks the male hormone
dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which normally stimulates prostate growth and
causes male pattern baldness.
BENEFITS OF HONEY:
may have health benefits, according to researchers who conducted what
is believed to be the first study of chronic honey consumption in humans.
They found that there is a direct link between the honey consumption and
the level of polyphenolic antioxidants in the plasma. Consumption of a
diet rich in polyphenolic compounds has been linked to a reduced risk
for cardiovascular disease and certain types of cancer. These findings
further strengthen existing evidence that suggests that honey in the diet
can provide people with protective antioxidant compounds.
Chemical Society, 2004, 227th National Meeting, Anaheim, CA.)
PRESERVATIVES AND HYPERACTIVITY:
have determined that artificial food colorings and preservatives may increase
hyperactive behavior, increasing the calls by some activists to ban the
additives. The researchers found that children are more disruptive and
inattentive when they receive the additives. Further, there are
significant reductions in hyperactive behavior when these additives are
removed from the diet.
GREEN TEA FOR ESOPHAGEAL
polyphenol in green tea extracts, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), inhibits
the growth and reproduction of human esophageal cancer cells associated
with Barrett's esophagus, according to research. Barrett's esophagus is
a condition wherein tissue is changed due to stomach acid splashing up
into the esophagus, markedly increasing the risk of esophageal cancer.
The study concluded that exposure to EGCG resulted in programmed cell
death and increased levels of apoptotic proteins.
(Digestive Disease Week, 2004,
OATS PREVENT CLOGGED
antioxidants in oats have been found to obstruct the ability of cholesterol
to stick to artery walls. Researchers have shown that these compounds,
called avenanthramides, significantly suppress the adhesive molecules
that "glue" blood cells to artery walls. When blood cells stick
to artery walls and cause inflammation, plaque deposits build up and narrow
the passageways through which blood flows. The suppression of plaque provided
by avenanthramide compounds may lessen the gradual constriction of vessels
that leads to hardening of the arteries.(Agric
Res, 2004; 52(6).)
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